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Bolton earn draw at Burnley in Championship opener

Bolton's Darren Pratley (right) plays during an English Premier League football match in Manchester on March 2012. Bolton came from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw at local rivals Burnley in the opening game of the 2013-14 Championship season.

Bolton's Darren Pratley (right) plays during an English Premier League football match in Manchester on March 2012. Bolton came from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw at local rivals Burnley in the opening game of the 2013-14 Championship season.  (AFP/File)

Bolton came from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw at local rivals Burnley in the opening game of the 2013-14 Championship season on Saturday.

Dougie Freedman's side trailed to an own goal from defender David Wheater, but the visitors drew level thanks to a fine strike from Darren Pratley before half-time at Turf Moor.

Burnley had sold last season's leading scorer Charlie Austin to QPR earlier in the week, but Sean Dyche's men made a bright start to the Football League's 125th season.

They took the lead in the 26th minute when Danny Ings, back from two years of injury problems, latched onto a Sam Vokes' flick and raced past Wheater before flicking a shot that trickled into the far corner via a deflection off the Wanderers' centre-back.

But Bolton responded well and former Swansea midfielder Pratley drilled home the equaliser from 12 yards in the 37th minute after a neat cut-back from former Burnley star Chris Eagles.

Bolton nearly took all three points from the Lancashire derby when South Korea midfielder Lee Chung-yong whipped a corner towards David Ngog, but the former Liverpool striker failed to turn in a shot from close-range.

Later on Saturday, promotion favourites QPR host Sheffield Wednesday in the highlight of a full programme of second tier fixtures.

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